8 Types of Rum

June 1, 2023

8 Types of Rum

Ahoy, mateys! Are you ready to learn about one of the most beloved spirits in the world? That’s right, we’re talking about rum! You may know it as the drink of pirates and Caribbean islanders, but there’s so much more to this enticing liquor. Rum is made from sugarcane or molasses, giving it a unique sweetness and complexity that sets it apart from other spirits like whiskey and vodka. With a variety of types and flavors, there’s a rum out there for everyone. So, let’s hoist the jolly roger and dive into the eight main types of rum you need to know.

White Rum

The first type of rum on our list is White Rum. This clear or very pale yellow rum is usually light-bodied, making it perfect for mixing into cocktails like daiquiris and mojitos. It’s also a popular choice for making rum cakes and other sweet treats. Need a suggestion for a good white rum? Try Bacardi Superior, one of the most well-known brands.

Gold Rum

Next up is Gold Rum, which gets its color from being aged in oak barrels. This medium-bodied rum is a bit more complex than white rum, with flavors like vanilla and caramel. It’s a great choice for sipping on its own or adding to a simple rum and coke. If you’re looking for a quality gold rum, give Mount Gay a try.

Dark Rum

Dark Rum is just what it sounds like – a very dark, almost black rum that’s aged longer than gold rum, giving it a richer and more intense flavor. It’s often used in tiki-style cocktails and adds depth and complexity to drinks. For a delicious and affordable dark rum option, check out Gosling’s Black Seal.

Spiced Rum

If you’re looking for something with a bit more kick, Spiced Rum is for you. This rum is infused with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, giving it a warm and cozy flavor. Spiced rum is often paired with ginger beer to make a refreshing Moscow Mule variation. Captain Morgan’s Original Spiced Rum is a classic choice.

Flavored Rum

For those who like a little extra sweetness, Flavored Rum is a fun option. These rums can be infused with any flavor imaginable, from coconut to banana to pineapple. They’re perfect for making fruity, tropical cocktails or adding a unique twist to classic drinks. Give Malibu Coconut Rum a try for a taste of the Caribbean.

Overproof Rum

Overproof Rum is not for the faint of heart. This rum has an extremely high alcohol content, usually around 150 proof or higher. It’s commonly used in flaming cocktails or as a base for homemade tinctures and infusions. Be warned, though – overproof rum is not for sipping on its own! Try Bacardi 151 if you dare.

Navy Rum

Navy Rum is a type of rum that was traditionally used by the British Royal Navy as a ration for sailors. It’s a rich and full-bodied rum that’s aged for a long time, giving it a complex flavor profile. Navy rums are often associated with dark and stormy nights and are great for sipping by the fire. Pusser’s Navy Rum is a classic choice.

Rhum Agricole

Finally, we have Rhum Agricole, a French-style rum made from freshly squeezed sugarcane juice rather than molasses. This rum has a grassy and herbal flavor that sets it apart from other types of rum. It’s perfect for sipping on its own or making complex cocktails. Try Rhum Clement for an authentic taste of the French West Indies.


Well, now you know all about the eight main types of rum! Whether you’re a seasoned rum enthusiast or just getting started, there’s a rum out there that’s perfect for you. And where better to find that perfect rum than at The Wine and Spirits Cellar in Maryville, TN? We have a huge selection of rums from all over the world, so come on and let us help you find your new favorite. Until then, may your rum be strong, your cocktails be fruity, and your nights be full of adventure – cheers!


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